Ten minor league baseball teams:
- Rieleros de Aguascalientes
- Springfield Ozark Mountain Ducks
- Anderson Joes
- Long Beach Armada of Los Angeles of California of the United States of North America Including Barrow, Alaska
- Traverse City Beach Bums
- Bakersfield Blaze
- Savannah Sand Gnats
- Albuquerque Isotopes
- Amarillo Dillas
- Vermont Lake Monsters
I'm not sure when exactly minor league baseball teams came to the realization that wacky team names were good for business, but I'm sure glad they did. It makes my heart glad that there's a baseball team out there that takes its name from a Simpsons episode.
I was in Bakersfield a few years ago and was disappointed that the Blaze was on the road. It's not that I particularly wanted to see a Bakersfield Blaze game, but I was in, you know, Bakersfield, and it's not like there are a lot of entertainment options in that armpit of a city. So I spent the evening doing laundry and watching a television special about the 1952 earthquake. Whoo.